Photo from the Kindness Rocks Project website.
The Kindness Rock Project
Have you ever been on a lovely walk only to look down and see a brightly painted rock? If you have, you are one of the estimated 66 thousand worldwide that has stumbled on a kindness rock. The Kindness Rock Project was started by Megan Murphy. She explains on the website and in the Kindness Podcast that she was feeling down after both of her parents died in her 20s, and she sold her business. She would go for walks on the beach picking up bits of sea glass or heart-shaped rocks as signs and affirmations from the universe. She wanted to give this same feeling to others, so she picked up five rocks and wrote joyful words on them and then scattered them along with her path. That evening one of her friends sent her a picture of the rock that she had found that day, not knowing that Megan had placed it, stating how great it made her feel. From that The Kindness Rocks Project was born and anyone can participate. All you need to is get some rocks and paint them with affirmations (words to offer emotional support or encouragement) and leave them around your town, parks, trails, and neighborhoods for other people to find. It’s that easy!
Photo from Kindness Rock Club, Golborne-Cheshine
There are rock painting clubs forming in towns where crafters get together and paint rocks, and some local 4H or Scout troops are getting into the act as well. When searching my local area, I found a group painting rocks at the public library and a Facebook group in my area.
If you find a rock, what do you do?
You should take a picture of it, and you can post it on your social media sites like Instagram with the hashtag, #kindnessrocks or #kindnessrocksproject. You can keep the rock you found as a daily reminder of support, or you can hide it again to pass along to someone else. On the Kindness Rock Project Official Facebook page, you can upload your rock’s photo and add your location to the worldwide map.
Comment below if you have painted kindness rocks or ever found a kindness rock. If you found a rock did you kept it or hide it back for someone else?
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